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Manzie extends Birmingham stay

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Birmingham City Council’s interim chief executive Stella Manzie has extended her contract, despite a recent row with council leader John Clancy (Lab).

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The former Rotherham MBC commissioner signed a six month contract after she was appointed in March, following the departure of Mark Rogers.

Ms Manzie will now stay in post until Christmas, or until a permanent chief executive is appointed.

Last month Birmingham’s government-appointed improvement panel proposed to step aside after finding significant progress had been made following changes to the council’s senior leadership team.

Panel chair John Crabtree said the new leadership and political stability had contributed to the council establishing a positive “broad direction of travel”.

But leaked emails suggest Ms Manzie and Cllr Clancy became embroiled in a row over the city’s long-running bin strike just weeks after the panel’s announcement.

In a statement issued to LGC today Cllr Clancy said Ms Manzie had been a “great support” to the council.

He added: “We will shortly be going out to advertise the permanent role and we’re looking for someone who can take on the exciting challenges that our city brings, along with an ability to make the tough decisions.

“There is no doubt this is one of the biggest, and most interesting, opportunities in local government and I’m looking forward to meeting the candidates.”

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